Big Pink is the nickname given to the second tallest building in downtown Portland seen in this photo. The US Bancorp Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in Portland, Oregon. The windows can absorb or reflect light depending upon how much light is upon them, while the surrounding granite may appear darker or lighter than the window pieces depending upon the time of day. The building can be described as being pink, orange, purple, or even gray all in the same day. Pietro Belushi was a consulting architect and chose the windows and granite surface for their reflective properties.
This was my second attempt at portraying this. My first attempt did not have enough detail of the interesting grid that you see from the eastern side of the building. Because Big Pink is the US Bancorp building, I decided to use the money/credit card business in the details of the building. I created a thermofax screen with dollar signs and a Bancorp stock graph which I screened onto pink fabric that I had painted with metallic paints.
For the windows, I found some free clip art of a fake credit card which I changed to hot pink. I printed different sizes of the card on Lutradur that was treated with Golden's digital ground. After the Lutradur dried, I painted the cards with Golden glossy gel medium, to give them a shine.
As you can see from the photo of Big Pink, it dominates the skyline and I wanted to show that in this piece so the other buildings are done very simply in neutral colors. I also decided to make Big Pink go off the edges of the 12 inch square.
I am not thrilled and ecstatic with this piece. It is somewhat of a departure for me. I must admit that when I hung it on the wall to photograph and stood back, I actually saw Big Pink so on some level, it is successful. Attaching all those credit cards was the most difficult task of this piece. I guess it bothers me that they are not perfectly gridded, but it is what it is. Right?
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About Twelve by Twelve
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.